January 17, 2003

Cultural Diversity to be Celebrated at Fifth Annual Downtown Multicultural Festival

The Fifth Annual Downtown Multicultural Festival 2003 will be held January 18, 2003 and will feature a variety of food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family. The festival has been officially sanctioned by the Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee and is being promoted in its calendar of events as an activity preceding the Super Bowl. It will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. coinciding with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and will be held on the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade on the north side of Harbor Drive between Market and Fourth Avenue.

The festival regularly draws several thousand people. However, with Super Bowl activities and the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade nearby this year, crowds of 7,000 – 10,000 people are anticipated. Festival attendees are encouraged to wear attire reflecting their cultural backgrounds.

“We are very proud to be involved in celebrating the diversity of cultures in San Diego,” said Peter Hall, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) president. “We hope this year’s festival builds on the success of years past and brings together an array of people to our booming downtown area.”

A variety of activities will enliven the festival, including two stages filled with entertainment, featuring performers of various multicultural orientations, plus vendors of food, merchandise and local community organizations. The entertainment lineup is scheduled to include Ballet Folklorico, Lucky Lion Troupe, Monarch High School Steel Drum Band, Kinhal Sisters, Fern Street Circus, Areito Borincano and many more.

The Children’s Museum San Diego Museo de los Niños will oversee the children’s area offering art activities and entertainment.

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